The first psychiatric hospital in Arizona accepted a painting as payment as I had no insurance. The second mental asylum, in Chicago, wasn't so great. A friend had to get me out of there. Years later I've survived the worst. But some amazing people believed in me when I needed it the most. Harrison Ellenshaw, Head of Visual Effects at Disney, Christie's, Anton Furst, among many others.

Although I live with PTSD and dysmorphia - I avoid mirrors or cover them up - my imagination works fine.

As a fourteen year old I already knew I was different. I believed the food I ate went into my legs. Then I started doing paintings like this one...

Surreal flowers

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